An educational assessment usually involves the following process –
- A referral is made by a professional (often the teacher, or another health care professional who is concerned about development delays or difficulties with progress being maintained within a schooling environment).
- Parents fill out comprehensive forms detailing the child’s history and typical behavioural patterns. Parents and teachers (if appropriate) are initially consolidated to ascertain any emotional or traumatic events which could be having an influence on the child’s presenting difficulties.
- An assessment most often consists of 2 sessions of 1 ½ hours each where cognitive as well as scholastic results are obtained. My focus during testing is always on “how” the child is processing the information, “how” is he/she interpreting the stimulus, “how” is he/she able to give an “output” which is being assessed.
- Results are then analysed and collated into a report which is given to parents at a feedback session. This is a very important part of the process as not only are results explained, but also the recommendations discussed. If appropriate, teachers and other professionals are notified of the results to ensure that all professionals who may be working with the child have greater insight and understanding of what is required to assist the child in his overall development, including social and emotional.
A careers assessment or assessment to ascertain subjects choices involves analyses of a set of subtests which involve aptitude, interest ad personality.
A school readiness assessment involves assessment of cognitive skills (reasoning and thinking) as well as visual and auditory perception skills, language and communication ability, social and emotional skills and development.